McFadden puts fumbles behind him


Darren McFadden didn’t try and hide his disappointment.

“I can’t even lie, it’s been hard for me this week because I’ve been thinking about it,” McFadden said Wednesday. “That’s something you just have to try and shake it off, come back from it in the next game. It’s all about having a short memory.”

The fumbling was a recurrence of an old college problem. One of the few knocks on McFadden when he came out of Arkansas as one of the most decorated backs in Southeastern Conference history was his 23 fumbles, nine of which were lost.

When McFadden was drafted, former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said more than half of the fumbles where when he was either returning kickoffs or playing quarterback in the Wildcat, taking violent shots as opposed to straight handoffs in traffic.

In the 23-3 loss to Denver, McFadden fumbled three times on routine running plays _ including one at the 6-yard line which was recovered by Brian Dawkins that essentially closed the door on any chance the Raiders had of making things interesting. He’s fumbled seven times as an NFL player.

“That’s what it mainly is, falling back into a bad habit. If you don’t think about it much, just going out there running, it doesn’t have to be a big hit,” McFadden said. “It’s just as simple as guy knocking it when they’re tackling you and the ball just comes out.”

Through 18 games, McFadden’s professional career has been one long fuse that went off once in Week 2 last year but has mostly fizzled out. Aside from his 164-yard game against the Chiefs last season, McFadden has broken 100 yards in combined rushing and receiving only once _ getting 46 yards rushing and 68 receiving last season against New England.

In either area he hasn’t approached what the Raiders hoped for when he was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 draft. As a runner, McFadden has struggled to turn the downhill zone-blocked runs into steady gains and the Raiders seem more intent on going that way than attacking the perimeter.

“it’s just the type of offense that we run,” McFadden said. “You have to go for it and keep hitting, you get 2 or 3 yards here and there and finally the big one will come so you just have to keep hitting and keep pounding it until you get that open space.”

It hasn’t helped that opponents are crowding the line of scrimmage to choke off the run in hopes of forcing Russell to pass, although McFadden thinks the yards should come anyway.

“It’s very frustrating but I feel I’ve played against a lot of eight-man boxes throughout my career, college, Little League, high school ,whatever it was,” McFadden said. “It’s just something you have to keep pushing, try to shake it off and come back out the next week and try to do it better, a better job.”

Good news could be on the way in the form of a Houston defense ranked 32nd against the run (204.7 yards per game).

More to come later following Tom Cable’s post-pracitce press briefing . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Oooops, now it 11 mins, anyone want OTB races! lol

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    KoolKell Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 2:54 pm
    Do you Einsteins ever wonder why otherwise top ten talent, comes here to die, over and over and over again, year after year?

    There’s evil in the palace, it smells of death and decomposing flesh

    My point exactly. I posted that 19 of the Raiders 22 1st and 2nd round picks since 1999 have busted out….and one of the guys that didn’t bust was a kicker (Seabass)….yet everyone points their venom at the players. No one wants to assign responsibility to an owner that sets the offensive and defensive strategy and has sole discretion to picking the roster!

    Everyone excuses Davis’ role almost exclusively.

    DMAC, DHB, Russell, Huff, Gallery, Grove, Harris, Buchanon, Brayton, Teyo Johnson, Jolley, Washington, Routt, Bryant and on and on and on and on……

    One or two players here and there….yeah….blame the player….19 of 22…that the organization and OWNER

  • Plunketthead

    I was just teasing Dmac to take some of the pressure of Jamarsbar.
    I hope all the ridicule lights a fire under butt.
    But like I said all along about him, his butt might keep growing no matter what he does. Some people are just big like that and all the running in the world wont shrink it.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Schilens should be rushed to play this week. Shoot him up with pain killer or whatever.

    The Raiders chances are limited….without Schilens the chances are non-existant.

    A loss against Houston signals the end of the season for all practical purposes…unless you like watching meaningless games!

    Play Schilens at all costs

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Too bad the Raiders didn’t draft Raji in the 1st round? Gerard Warren and Tommy Kelly are just ripping it up!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Florida Pete,

    Rey Mauluga, B.J Raji, Alex Mack….oh well

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Start JLH and Schilens with Murphy in the slot.

  • LA to TheBay

    Dang, S&B rippin’ it up.

    What’s up, man? Sounds good to me. Houston is as crucial as it gets.

    Can’t join the rip session, though.

    I’m out, Nation.

    Be good.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    What a stupid coaching staff and owner. So arrogant! “We aren’t making any adjustments…you just come beat us man up!” As if opponents don’t watch film! As if opponents don’t make adjustments at half-time”

    Most great QBs are given credit for diagnosing defenses and getting the team in the right play. What do you do when you have a team that does the same damn defensive play for the whole game. Rush 4 man2man….even if a WR like Marshall is lined up against a linebacker like Morrison….or on 3rd and long letting Sproles run wild.

    This is bullsh000 man!

  • DKnight007

    yeah….DHB shouldn’t be anything more than a #3 WR right now.

    Chaz, Murphy and JLH should be the main guys…..

    But once again….Davis, Cable and Tollner are not really using DHB like he should be used to get his confidence going. Reverses, short bubble screens, quick outs and then double moves is what that kid should be doing right now….but instead they are hell bent on just having him block, run 9 routes of deep fades or deep posts…..

    Give me a break! The lack of creativity of offense gets me sick!

    They should have kept last years playbook….at least Cable was mixing it up and getting creative offensively to keep defenses off balance.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    On the 1st INT Russell threw….they SENT 1 PLAYER OUT ON A ROUTE! ONE PLAYER!!!!!!!!

    What crap man!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Playbook on NFLN just broke down the play.

    They said Russell had no other options and should have thrown it away…..Of course you have to be careful of intentional grounding in the end zone.


    What B.S! THey just did the film study.

    Tell Cable to fricken get it together!

    This is a “playoff” game this weekend!

    Tell Russell to f’n play…in fact I’ll do it like this!

    If they play flat this weekend cut’em all!

  • 4evaRaider

    If Chazz isnt ready dont rush him back 4 the sake of 1 game…Thats sounds something a 49er fan would say

  • oliverthizz

    “McFadden puts fumbles behind him”. This is a true statement. Every game, McFadden puts fumbles behind him. Then the opposing team proceeds in picking up those fumbles.

  • DKnight007

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    What a stupid coaching staff and owner. So arrogant! “We aren’t making any adjustments…you just come beat us man up!” As if opponents don’t watch film! As if opponents don’t make adjustments at half-time”

    This is bullsh000 man!

    ^^^^^^^^Yep! That is a BIG problem with this owner/gm, coaches and team…..unable or just unwilling to make ADJUSTMENTS to what their opponent is doing or trying to do….

    STUBBORNESS AND STUPIDITY at it’s finest!!

    Freakin joke!

  • 860Todd Christensen

    And doing it with no swagger!

  • raiderkoolaid

    # oliverthizz Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    “McFadden puts fumbles behind him”. This is a true statement. Every game, McFadden puts fumbles behind him. Then the opposing team proceeds in picking up those fumbles.

    Piling on in one thing, but piling on with stuff that isn’t even true is another. I believe he fumbled a total of three times last year, so to try to make it sound like he has been fumbling game after game is untrue. If you want to criticize him for three fumbles in one game fine, and if you want to criticize him for going down with minimal contact that’s fine to, but at least criticize him for thing that are true.

  • raideralex909

    mcfumble puts it behind him interesting thats why i didnt want the raiders to draft him let me see during college he ran into his own linemen couldnt breakout of tackles and fumbled alot now lets see in the nfl runs into his linemen and fumbles and cant break away from a shestring tackle WFT he and bustmarcus suckkkkkkkkkkkkk we could of had joe thomas trent edwards adrian peterson larry fritzgerald shoot some one better then these two pieces of crap

  • Comit2Excel

    For the first time in my 25 years of being a fan of the Oakland Raiders, I have found myself disliking an Oakland Raiders player. Yes Jamarcus Russell has fallen on my “S” h~t list. To watch him sit on the bench with all is jewelry, 5 caret diamond earring rings in both ears, and a mohawk while he just over/under threw the last 15 passes makes me sick to my stomach. No rumors of how hard Russell works, coming in at 6AM, leaving at midnight watching film with coaches all day, talking strategy. Only rumors of his lifestyle, and hanging out. I can see that he’s no gym rat. Most of the athletes are lean, and ripped. Jamarcus Russell’s a$$ is as wide as Texas, and packed with fat. He’s one of the largest men on the field at all times, only the Defensive tackles are larger than him on Defense. 6ft6, 285lbs, and falls to the ground like a 5 year old girl.

    We need someone that fights, and gets upset about his failures, and short comings. The people who are the best at what they do, like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordon, Muhamed Ali, Derek Jeter, Puhols, can you imaging them saying after a horrible performance saying well “I did ok, and my teammates believe in me”. No they would be breathing fire, and so angry they couldn’t see straight. Well lets back up, those people wouldn’t come into a match, or game, unprepared to win.

    I have confidence in McFadden that he’ll correct the fumbles, because reading what the young man said, “..it’s been a tough week for me..” Mcfadden wants to be good, it disturbs him that he hurt his team. I’m sure McFadden will correct those things, and help his team.

    I have ZERO confidence that JaAllASS Russell will do anything other than go 8 for 30 for the remainder of the season, and say “I did ok, my teammates believe in me” He’ll buy some more diamond earrings, and a larger Bentley, and think it’s all ok.